Experiencing online harassment? There’s a form for that.


ICYMI, women face terrible harassment online, and Twitter is no exception. GamerGate is just the most recent and most visible chapter of long-unchecked online abuse against women — particularly trans women, women of color, and women from other marginalized communities — but social media companies have been slow to step in.

Luckily, the Women, Action, and the Media (WAM) is ready to take action. The feminist org has teamed up with Twitter to support women experiencing gendered harassment. WAM explains:

WAM! will escalate validated reports to Twitter and track Twitter’s responses to different kinds of gendered harassment.  At the end of the pilot test period, WAM! will analyze the data collected and use it to work with Twitter to better understand how gendered harassment intersects with other types of harassment, how those attacks function on their platform, and to improve Twitter’s responses to it.

You can report harassment through this handy form.

I’m cautious but also excited to see what comes of this. I think the internet could be really great if we could just figure this piece out.


Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing, a founding co-director of Know Your IX, and a student at Yale Law School.

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Alexandra Brodsky was a senior editor at Feministing.com. During her four years at the site, she wrote about gender violence, reproductive justice, and education equity and ran the site's book review column. She is now a Skadden Fellow at the National Women's Law Center and also serves as the Board Chair of Know Your IX, a national student-led movement to end gender violence, which she co-founded and previously co-directed. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she is the co-editor of The Feminist Utopia Project: 57 Visions of a Wildly Better Future. She has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice at campuses across the country and on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, ESPN, and NPR.

Alexandra Brodsky was a senior editor at Feministing.com.

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